Seema Moonilal, 22, is this year’s Divali Queen. The 22-year-old won the title and $20,000 on Monday night at the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), in Chaguanas.
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Singh thrills T&T fans
From the moment he hit the stage at the Centre of Excellence, Bollywood playback singer Vineet Singh tantalised his audience at the Everybody Loves Raymond concert last Saturday night.
Singh showed off the style and grit he recently displayed on Zee TV’s popular talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, in which he was the runner up.
He invited patrons to name any hit that they wanted to hear and he willingly delivered from a repertoire which he sourced from the likes of Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and others. His medley of songs was enthralling and he performed his Bollywood debut song, Dil Rang Le, which he originally recorded with Sunidhi Chauhan for the film Rocky.
Singh, 24, has topped the Indian music chart with popular songs such as Tirat Meri Tu and Bhoom Barabar Jhoom. He has sung in many movies including Policegirl, Son of Sardar, Milenge Milenge and Khiladi 786, all of which he performed on Saturday. His famous song Hook Bar is still considered the 2013 youth anthem of India.
Raymond Ramnarine, of the famed Dil-E-Nadan, complemented the night’s performance with superb entertainment from his vast stock of songs, as well as hits from Rafi and Kumar.
In keeping with the name of his band, Generation Three, Ramnarine crowded the stage with children from the Ramnarine clan. They seemed to outshine Raymond and Rennie Ramnarine.
One of the highlights of the Ramnarines’ performance was a song composed by Raymond’s son Vinesh, that addressed the problem of bullying.
The rescheduled Everybody Loves Raymond Valentine Show attracted patrons from Canada, USA and Guyana. Chris Ramsoobhag who came from Texas, USA, said she always wanted to hear Singh perform. “I am pleased with his performance. He is a real role model from young and old alike,” she said.
In an interview, Singh said: “Culture and music and religion must continue to remain the cornerstone of the linkages between India and Trinidad and Tobago. This is the way to continue to build on the long-standing relationship between our both countries.”
Show promoter Rafi Mohammed who continues to link local entertainers with India, said the show was a tremendous success.